Scout Picks

Gameweek 1 Scout Picks XI features double-up on Arsenal, Liverpool and Saints

Arsenal, Liverpool and Southampton are the key source of investment for the Scout Picks in Gameweek 1.

Ahead of the new Fantasy Premier League campaign, we have selected two players from each of these clubs in our first XI of the season.

Chosen by our Scout Squad panel of David, Neale, Tom and Andy, our lines up in the traditional 3-4-3 formation and comes in bang-on our £83.0m budget.

GOALKEEPER

Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) gets the nod as our first Scout Picks goalkeeper of 2020/21. His upcoming opponents Crystal Palace were the lowest scorers in home matches last season, while only Norwich found the net fewer times than the Eagles during Project Restart. Meanwhile, McCarthy managed to make 2.73 saves per 90 last season.

DEFENDERS

Premium midfielders with appealing matches headline Gameweek 26 Scout Picks

Does the selection of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) require any explanation these days? Not really. A minor injury kept him out of Liverpool’s pre-season games but the right-back was in action for England twice during the international break. Alexander-Arnold was chief among his colleagues for assists, key passes and big chances created last season, and we see no reason why that can’t continue in 2020/21, especially with newly-promoted opposition in Gameweek 1.

James Justin (£4.5m) comes into Gameweek 1 as one of the most nailed-on starters in Leicester’s defence. They may be short of some key personnel but a trip to newly-promoted opposition is enough for us to comfortably include a man with potential at both ends of the pitch.

Rob Holding (£4.5m) is our chosen representative from the Arsenal defence, who face Fulham in the 2020/21 season opener. The Gunners defence has been slowly improving under Mikel Arteta, showcased perfectly in their Community Shield meeting with Liverpool. Holding was a key figure in that performance, offering a budget route into a top-six defence against newly-promoted opposition.

MIDFIELDERS

A switch to midfield and a meeting with Fulham when both Manchester clubs are fixture-less mean Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) is an easy inclusion in the Scout Picks for Gameweek 1. Chosen as the best midfield option by all four pundits, 19 of his 22 goals came against teams outside the so-called big six. And in five meetings with newly-promoted opposition, Aubameyang found the net five times and added an assist for good measure.

Despite a growing number of doubters, Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) earns a place in the Gameweek 1 Scout Picks team. No player classified as a midfielder in 2019/20 scored more goals at home than the Egyptian last season (15) and his goal involvement tally of 19 was beaten only by Kevin De Bruyne, the game’s top-scoring player. Salah started last season by registering a goal, assist and double-figure haul at home to the reigning Championship winners. With the joint-highest number shots on target during Project Restart, Salah is sure to start 2020/21 in a similar fashion.

Jarrod Bowen (£6.5m) is our chosen representative from the West Ham attack to face Newcastle. The Magpies conceded more headed attempts than any other team during Project Restart, which plays into Bowen’s hand as a set-play taker for the Hammers. Meanwhile, his positional classification gives him a slight edge over Michail Antonio, who he outperformed during pre-season by two goals/one assist to two assists.

Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m) was the pick of the midfield options below £6.0m, with three of our Scout Squad pundits selecting him their line-ups. West Ham clearly still have defensive issues of their own as they lost 5-3 to Bournemouth in a recent pre-season friendly. During Project Restart, Saint-Maximin had the second-highest number of touches in the penalty area among Newcastle players.

FORWARDS

Why FPL Managers Should Focus on Premium Forwards in 2020/21

Harry Kane (£10.5m) appears to be the key man for anyone looking to invest in the Spurs attack for their favourable run of games at the start of 2020/21. During Project Restart, he was chief among his colleagues for touches in the box, shots there, big chances and shots on target. In fact, his total of 13 accurate efforts across that period was bettered only by four other Premier League players.

Already at 48% ownership, it seems to be a rather popular opinion to think Timo Werner (£9.5m) will have a great season for Chelsea. The former RB Leipzig forward was involved in nearly 40 Bundesliga goals last season and has already scored against Brighton during pre-season.

Che Adams (£6.0m) could offer excellent value this season based on Southampton’s form and fixtures. In Gameweek 1, they face a Crystal Palace side that conceded 18 times during Project Restart, more than any side that survived relegation. Meanwhile, across that same period, Adams actually outperformed Danny Ings for shots in the box per 90, big chances per 90 and shots on target per 90, registering more FPL points than his esteemed colleague in the last three Gameweeks of the campaign, once his starting place was assured.

SUBSTITUTES

Aaron Ramsdale (£5.0m) gets a spot on the Scout Picks bench after David and Neale selected him for their Scout Squad submissions. Martin Dúbravka (139) was the only goalkeeper to make more saves than Ramsdale (128) last season, who now turns out for a Sheffield United side that conceded the joint-highest number of big chances during Project Restart.

Romain Saïss (£5.0m) is one of the more assured starters in Wolves’ defence this season. In the last nine Gameweeks of 2019/20, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men boasted the best expected Goals Conceded (xGC) score in the whole division.

Despite Palace’s defensive issues at the beginning of 2020/21, Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) remains the most viable bargain-bucket defender. It is unclear how long his run in the team will last considering the Eagles’ injury absentees will have to return at some point but, as things stand, nobody spent more time at left-back for Roy Hodgson than him during pre-season.

James Ward-Prowse (£6.0m) represents and even cheaper alternative route into the Southampton attack, with a possible share of penalties. Between Gameweeks 30+ and 38+, the Saints’ captain whipped in 72 crosses, more than any other player, while his 20 shots ranked joint-ninth amongst midfielders.

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

The Scout Picks captain is chosen using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek is usually known only to those who have signed up to Premier Membership and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Here’s how we voted for Gameweek 1:

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The Community Member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Boleyn Boy is the first to take us on this year. They went with a 3-5-2 line-up of Fabianski; Robertson, van Dijk, Egan; Mané (c), Alli, Zaha, H Barnes, Bowen; Kane (vc), Ings.

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1,898 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gazwaz80
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Only just under 5 million up to now registered to play, sure it was a lot more last season...

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      its come around quickly

    2. Gazwaz80
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Yay, top 🙂

    3. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Will try to note how many there are at deadline. Then you know how many Egyptians there are entering one week teams.

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I wrote it down at the first deadline last year, it was just about 5.7 million. We still have 15 hours to beat that.

  2. Strchld
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Che Adams or ASM? Really hard to pick..

    1. spotfixers
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      ASM

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      AMS

    3. Og
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Both underwhelmed last season. I'm punting on Che based on pre season

    4. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Che

  3. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Plp looking to sell their Spurs mids for Manu/Manc players.

    So why even have them in gw1? Everton are no push overs.

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      More a placeholder I think

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I know. Why not get someone like Willian/ Bowen instead?

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Willian not nailed? All a bit of a punt I guess

  4. Tinmen
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Folks,Is Holding just there for the short term ?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      nailed for now

      1. Tinmen
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        For like 2 games ?

    2. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Saliba gonna be nailed longer term I reckon

    3. Og
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Most common selection will probably be back 3 of saliba Gabriel luiz, form dependant

  5. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    ASM or Wilson?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Wilson

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Wilson

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Cheers fam

    4. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Max

  6. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Thoughts on this team?

    McCarthy 4.0
    TAA Saliba Vinagre Lascelles Mitchell
    Auba Salah Alli ASM Romeu
    Kane Werner Davis

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      7/10 g2g

      1. Frucke
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Lol, why 7? What changes for 10/10 then?

  7. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    A bit fed up and can't decide
    A) Mané and ings
    B) son and Werner

  8. Pep bites Kun
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Salah and his new haircut: I'm reading a lot on other sites which suggest (and this is my summation) he could be the modern day Samson 🙂

    Fine with me, just as long as he doesn't become superstitious or change his socks mid-season - ole! o/

    1. DickFranDyke
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Kenny was a quality left back for Arsenal/England. Looks nothing like Salah 😉

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Showing your age 😉 Had to look him up! Looks nothing like Salah haircut-wise 🙂

  9. Cancelo Culture
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    How’s this looking?

    McCarthy
    TAA - Dier - KWP
    Auba - Mane - Son - Soucek
    Werner - DCL - Adams

    Button - Mitchel - Bissouma - Taylor

    1. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      1.0m banked for
      Auba > KDB/Sterling
      and
      Son > Fernandes

  10. Wally711
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Looks like Leno is starting with Martinez left off the squad. Is this info 100%?

    If correct.. Leno or Ramsdale?

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Important piece of info - You're the one who reported it - link?

  11. Heiro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    No one bothering with United on the bench then?

    Seemed all the rage a few days ago. Not seen A single team with United on here

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      risk his high of Shaw getting injured from now till game time

    2. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Nah..grab the points whilst you can is what I say and worry about next week when it comes.. Anything could happen such as reds or injuries..

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I have Shaw on the bench

    3. sirmorbach
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      I've got Greeenwood

    4. Ings_is_the_king
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I am, plan on Benching Bruno and having no Salah.

      • Wılly
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I've currently got Rashford on the bench with 1.0 ITB

      • NotNowKato
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I've got two of them on the bench

      • Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Obviously haven't done much research then? I suggest you look at % Teams selected. If you don't know where to find it you can always 'kindly' ask ;-x

    5. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A. Robbo and Alli (already got Trent, but quite fancy a Robbo/Trent double up?)

      B. Doherty and Son

      Cheers!

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        I’m in the same situation and going A

      2. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        A

        1. PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Wow, interesting...

          1. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            Team looks like this if I do it.. I quite like it actually, so thanks for pushing me down that line..

            McCarthy/Button

            Trent Justin Robbo (Mitchell Taylor0

            Auba (C) Salah Alli ASM (Bissouma)

            Wilson Werner Mitro

            1. Wigflex
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              That's a great team

              1. PompeyUpNorth!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Really? Thank you. May as well go for it then cheers. Most have a goal in them I guess..

            2. Visionaries
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 6 days ago

              Yeah bang on that team actually

              1. PompeyUpNorth!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Ha ha lovely. I’m buzzing then. Cheers!

                1. Hansel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 6 days ago

                  It’s my exact team except I’m going Adams over Wilson and keeping 0.5 ITB

    6. zon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Ok it's the last one, rip it apart

      Ryan
      TAA - Davies - KWP - Justin
      Salah - Auba - Soucek
      Kane - Werner - Adams

      Nyland Mitchell Bissouma Foden

    7. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Article says JWP costs 5.5M which is wrong. He is 6.0.

    8. MOZIL
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Dier or Davies???

      1. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Davies

      2. zon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Dave

    9. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Salah or Mane

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Ma Sala

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Salad Is cool 🙂

      2. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Mane

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Ha
          Love it.

          Probably ©

      3. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Mane for me

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Looked uo to the pace

      4. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Salah

      5. zdrojo187
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Mane

      6. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        If you want a differential go Mane(c).

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          I'm not sure I want a differential © so early ... 😮
          Maybe staying sheep ...

          Thanks Karan

      7. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks all !!

        It's obviously not obvious 😀

    10. Triffic
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Why do I see so many teams with Steer? What am I missing?

      1. Og
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        First choice out of the current fit GKs at villa

    11. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Havertz - Alli - ASM

      or

      Havertz - Son - Soucek with Davies downgraded to Vinagre

      1. JT11fc
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        A

    12. sirmorbach
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Lads, I need to know it: Doherty should play, right?

    13. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Is Bruno self isolating after wife gave birth?

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Bruno Fernandes has not been at Carrington this week post-internationals as his wife gave birth in Portugal. If Fernandes has been staying in Portugal this week (which he presumably has) he has to have travelled back to the UK before 4am tomorrow to avoid quarantine. #mufc

        1. Visionaries
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Even more reason to get him in rather than bench

    14. LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A) Digne + Mitrovic
      or
      B) Shaw (bench GW1) + DCL
      ..?

      1. JT11fc
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        A

    15. spotfixers
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      best 4.5 midfielder please

      1. zdrojo187
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Bissouma or Stephens

    16. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Just taking a look at Castagne and Transfermarkt says he is a right back... Won't he replace Justin on the right?

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Justin rumoured to move over to LB.

      2. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        He can play both sides

    17. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      a. Keane + Wan-Bissaka
      or
      b. Digne + CTaylor

    18. JT11fc
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Hows my BB draft looking? WC gw3

      Ramsdale Mcarthy
      TAA Holding Alonso Digne Vinagre
      Zaha Bowen Mount Auba StMaximim
      Werner Ings Nketia

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        very nice use of Salah funds

        1. JT11fc
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Thanks

    19. timawflowers
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Percentage of starting this weekend
      A- saka
      B - doherty

    20. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Seeing a lot of love for Wilson
      I like the guy a lot but will he start GW1?

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        That’s the question.

    21. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A) Wilson, ASM & Egan (KWP, Mitchell, (fodder))
      B) Wilson, Mitrovic & Taylor (KWP, Mitchell, Bissouma)

      1) Egan (Bissouma) (4-4-2)
      2) Soucek (Taylor) (3-5-2)

      Cheers.

    22. Fred the Red
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Thoughts on this team?

      McCarthy
      Trent Justin Mitchell
      Salah Auba Traore Perreira (WBA)
      Kane Werner Bamford

      Nyland Vinagre Stephens Dallas
      ITB: 0.0

    23. mbsoz45
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Unbalanced but gets the MF heavies and Doherty:

      McCarthy (Nyland)
      TAA, Doherty, Egan, Justin (Mitchell)
      Auba, Salah, Son, ASM (Bissouma)
      Werner, Adams (4.5 – Brewster if he’s sent on loan)

      1.5 itb for these transfers:
      GW2 Son > Bruno
      GW3 Auba > KDB

      I’ve read the discussion about saving free transfers, but Bruno is too much money sitting on the bench for GW1